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Gerald Leslie Willett

In memory of:

Rifleman Gerald Leslie Willett

June 17, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

B/138240

Age:

24

Force:

Army

Unit:

Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, R.C.I.C.

Additional Information


Son of Alfred and Josephine Willett, of Toronto, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 478 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

XVI. E. 12.

Location:

Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery is about 1 kilometre east of the village of Reviers, on the Creully-Tailleville-Ouistreham road (D.35). Reviers is a village and commune in the Department of the Calvados. It is located 15 kilometres north-west of Caen and 18 kilometres east of Bayeux and 3.5 kilometres south of Courseulles, a village on the sea coast. The village of Beny-sur-Mer is some 2 kilometres south-east of the cemetery. The bus service between Caen and Arromanches (via Reviers and Ver-sur-Mer) passes the cemetery.

It was on the coast just to the north that the 3rd Canadian Division landed on 6th June 1944; on that day, 335 officers and men of that division were killed in action or died of wounds. In this cemetery are the graves of Canadians who gave their lives in the landings in Normandy and in the earlier stages of the subsequent campaign. Canadians who died during the final stages of the fighting in Normandy are buried in Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery.

There are a total of 2,048 burials in Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery. There is also one special memorial erected to a soldier of the Canadian Infantry Corps who is known to have been buried in this cemetery, but the exact site of whose grave could not be located.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Newspaper Clipping– Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star July 1944. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star July 1944. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star August 1944. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star December 1945. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star December 1945. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Grave Marker– This photo of Rfn Willett's gravemarker was taken by Padre Craig Cameron of The QOR of C on June 6th, 2003.
  • Newspaper clipping– This obituary of Rfn Willett was obtained from a microfilm copy of a 1944 Toronto newspaper by Padre Craig Cameron.
  • Newspaper clipping– This image of Rfn Willett was printed in a Toronto newspaper in 1944 along with an obituary notice and preserved in a collection by Mrs. Ula Richardson.
  • 37 Canadians Place– The town of Authie, France honoured 37 Canadian soldiers by naming a street after them.  The young Canadians, mostly from the Maritimes, were part of the D-Day invasion and were killed while trying to liberate the town from the Germans.
  • Plaque
  • Photo 2 of 37 Canadians Place
  • Beny-Sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery– The Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, located at Reviers, about 4  kilometres from Juno Beach in Normandy, France. (J. Stephens)

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